Report by Jackie Reid
The Swanston Brasserie was the start point for our last run of 2016 and what a great venue this was. Sitting at the foot of the Pentlands with great views across Edinburgh and easy access from the city by-pass.
With 19 cars taking part on the run it was a good turn out so late in the year when so many cars are already tucked up for winter.
Welcome to Stan Somerville in his lovely MGTF. Great to see you out and about in the old car eventually. If anyone out there wants any pointers on the do’s and don’ts of restoring a car, ask Stan. Also, welcome and Thank You to Tony and Jill Gorzkowska for coming along to the start to see us off and to introduce themselves as new members and new owners of a pristine MGTC.
The circular route took us through Penicuik, Eddleston, Peebles, Cardrona, Heriot to Newtongrange or Nitten as its locally called, Home of the Scottish Mining Museum. Unless of course you went wrong in Innerleithen at a small diversion then your route to Newtongrange could have been a bit different.
There was obviously something exciting happening on the new Borders railway line as we drove by, as there were many people standing with cameras at strategic viewing points. We found out later that it was a steam train and Leslie Duncan joined a small crowd to wait for a snap. I hope you changed your anorak Leslie.
After lunch we joined a tour with Dave our guide, for a look back at The Lady Victoria mine. Very interesting and informative. A visit to the wheel house at the end proved a hit with the engineers among us and a small experiment on stopping the ‘cage’ at the desired spot proved that woman did better than men, or that Lorna was better than Eion at doing just that.
Some tea and scones in the Old Power House at the end completed the day. Oh we do like a scone or three….
Thank You so much to Tony and Isobel for a lovely run and great day out. Or should I say Tony (diversion) Smith.